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An injury to a part of the body caused by overexertion
“A groin strain.”
The line of ancestors from whom a person is descended
“Hawthorne was of Puritan strain.”
A variety of something abstract
“There has always been a strain in Conservative thinking, the Little Englander or isolationist tendency, that has been deeply suspicious of foreign intervention.”
The sound of a piece of music
“With women taking part in all branches of war work, to the front came the cowgirls riding to the strains of martial music, the American flag held high, and the show is on!”
A force tending to pull or stretch something to an extreme or damaging degree
“Just by holding the clutch down I could see how hard it is to hold the car; I can imagine how hard it would be to hold the car when the car is under the strain of the centrifugal loading.”
A severe or excessive demand on the strength, resources, or abilities of someone or something
“The Federation for American Immigration Reform says the increase has put a strain on city and state budgets.”
A state of tension or exhaustion resulting from severe demands on one's strength or resources
“But when both are focused on taking, then the dynamic is pulling in opposite directions - creating strain and tension.”
A particular breed, stock, or variety of an animal or plant
“Had the inhabitants bred a strain of non - drinking animals?”
A particular tendency as part of a person's character
“The gays return the affection with an unexpected strain of patriotism and traditionalism.”
“He continued in the same strain for over an hour.”
Make severe or excessive demands on
“Treatment should not strain available resources, and most of all it should do no harm to the patient.”
Make an unusually great effort
“First of all, she's a mumbler, so I really have to strain to hear her.”
To flow forth slowly through small openings
“Simmer for five minutes, then remove from heat and strain all ingredients.”
Cause mental stress
“But alas in practice they are usually so huge that you inevitably strain a minor muscle or two moving your arm to look at the data.”
“The rapid population growth is straining the supply of usable water.”
Pull or push forcibly at something
“… the woman tenderly strained to her breast the child that she had long ago given up for dead.”
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